NDC will politicize the Canadian kidnapping issue until the arrest of the rest of the kidnappers - Sammy Gyamfi

National Communication Officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sammy Gyamfi has rejected calls by many Ghanaians not to reduce the Canadian kidnapping saga to the usual partisan politics.

According to him, it has become necessary for the main opposition NDC to politicize the Canadian kidnapping issue as until the arrest of the kidnappers, the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had sought to portray the NDC as a party full of bandits.

Speaking on Okay FM’s Ade Akye Abia Morning Show, Sammy Gyamfi, who expressed unhappiness with the way his National Chairman Ofosu Ampofo and the NDC have been wrongfully indicted, said it is in order for the NDC to name the kidnappers and the political party they are affiliated to.

“They (NPP) are tarnishing the name of the NDC to the world as a party of kidnappers and so if today, there is evidence that those engaging in that nefarious act are not NDC members but rather they are NPP activists, you are telling us not to identify their political lineage to clear our name from the bad image the NPP has carved for us?” he angrily asked.

“Some people want the NPP to continue tarnishing the name of Ofosu Ampofo and the NDC and therefore are uncomfortable when we reveal the identities of kidnappers as NPP members, we will continue to politicize the case. They should stop making us angry; we will continue to say it in the morning, afternoon, evening and at night until the world and Ghanaians know the kidnappers and the political party they belong to. We are serious,” he fumed.

He claimed until President Akufo-Addo and his government took over power from former President John Dramani Mahama administration, nobody ever tagged the NDC National Chairman Samuel Ofosu Ampofo as a criminal; thus the Church of Pentecost Elder had lived and served the country for many years without bastardization from anyone.

He added that comments by government communicators and ministers all attest to the fact that the NDC National Chairman is behind the kidnapping cases in the country without any evidence to buttress their claims except that "so-called doctored tape".

“It is only President Akufo-Addo and his NPP government that out of sheer hatred, they have vowed to disgrace Ofosu Ampofo for no reason . . . nobody has brought any evidence that Ofosu Ampofo is a kidnapper but whenever they talk on radio on kidnapping, they link it to him and they base their claims on a certain doctored tape of Ofosu Ampofo, mentioning kidnapping which is a pure lie; even in that doctored tape there is nothing like kidnapping which the police dropped their first charged when they listened to the tape,” he chided.